John B. Mesics Sr., 71, of Macungie, died July 12, 2019. He was the husband of Shelley (Strauch) Mesics. They were married for 47 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late James and Patricia (Marsh) Mesics.
After graduating high school, he went to work for Mack Trucks where he retired after 44 years and had served in the past as a union steward.
Barbara P. Hahn, 91, of Emmaus, died July 11, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Clarence “Bill” Hahn, who died in 1981. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Cozette (Thomas) Pennebacker.
She was a graduate of Hood College, Frederick, Md. and was the first kindergarten teacher in Emmaus.
She volunteered at the Emmaus Public Library and The Elephant’s Trunk.
She attended St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Emmaus and was a member of the Emmaus Historical Society.
Margaret A. Durn, 86, of Emmaus, died July 11, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late LaMar C. Durn who died Feb. 26, 2005. Born in Ashland, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Harris D. and Hulda (Walz) Wertman.
She graduated from Delano High School in 1950 and Allentown School of Nursing in 1953.
She was a registered nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, from 1974 to her retirement in 1995. Previously she worked at Valley Manor Nursing & Rehab., Coopersburg from 1965 to 1974.
Lenore L. Herbst, 70, of Emmaus, died July 10, 2019, in Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. She was the lifelong partner of the late William P. Lentz. Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Magdalene (Stolp) Lapinski.
She was a 1966 graduate of Parkland High School.
She was a licensed customer service representative at Ian D. Webb Erie Insurance Company, Allentown, retiring in 2013. Prior to that, she worked in the same capacity for the Bruce D. Miller Insurance Company, Allentown.
Raymond Thomas Mohr, 100, died July 9, 2019, at The Willow in Macungie. He was the husband of the late Clara (Kelchner) Mohr for 64 years. Born in Corning, he was the son of Clarence Mohr and Sally Mohr (Stahl).
He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Zionsville, where he served as a lay leader, cemetery superintendent, Sunday school teacher and trustee, occasionally leading services in Pennsylvania German, his first language.
He attended the one-room schoolhouse in Dillingersville and later earned his high school diploma.
Kathleen Mary Gabriel, 75, of Macungie, died peacefully July 11, 2019. She was the wife of the late John Gabriel for 50 years. Born in Plainfield, N. J., she was the daughter of the late James Foster and Florence (King) Schmiede.
She graduated from Plainfield High School in 1962 and after earning her associate of science degree from Northampton County Community College, she received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College in 1992.
Kevin C. “Charlie” Weaver, 66, of Macungie, died July 9, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Renee D. (Cassman) Weaver. Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Charles Weaver and Dolores Benedix.
He was discharged as a chief after serving with the U.S. Navy for 17 years.
He is survived by his wife; three children; six grandchildren; two brothers. He was predeceased by a brother.
Carl R. Hollis, 65, of Emmaus, died July 11, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, of pancreatic cancer. Born in South Bend, Ind., he was the son of the late Richard W. Hollis and Lillian (Mardelle) Evans.
He worked as a delivery driver for Auto Zone, Emmaus, for the last 20 years. Previously, he worked for Magic Kitchen.
He was very loved by his grand babies and will always be known as Grandpa by the chickens.
Michelle M. Heydt, 80, died July 12, 2019, at home. She was the wife of the late Carroll S. “Sunny” Heydt. Born in Suresnes, France, she was the daughter of the late Lucien and Marguerite (Duri) Juillet.
For over 40 years, she worked as a travel agent. She volunteered for many years for the breast cancer support group at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
She is survived by a son, Anthony P.; daughters, Veronique M. and her husband, Richard Rauschmayer, Catherine C. and her husband, Barry Britton; granddaughters, Andrea, Rebecca, Natalie. She was predeceased by a brother, Philippe.
Earl W. Hottle, 81, of Allentown, died June 29, 2019, at Country Meadows, Allentown. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary (Swavely) Hottle.
He worked in the garment industry in Allentown.
He was a member of Emmaus Moravian Church.
He served as former president and member of the Allentown Pigeon Club since 1961.
He always said he was “a lover of life” and he proved it through his loyalty and generosity to family and friends.
He is survived by cousins and best friends Terry Schmoyer, Curt Phillips and Coco Rafael Rosario.